Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown

Director of Health Policy Assessment
Areas of Expertise
  • Quality of care for children and adults with behavioral health conditions
  • Integration and coordination of mental health and primary care services
  • Early Childhood
  • Disability
  • Health
  • Early Childhood Systems
  • Health Care
  • Quality Measurement
  • Medicaid and CHIP
  • Population Health
About Jonathan

Jonathan Brown oversees Mathematica’s behavioral health projects and business development. His work focuses on improving behavioral health services for adults and children.

Brown currently directs a national evaluation of the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration program for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to examine the impact of providing primary care in behavioral health clinics. He is also the deputy project director for the Health Care Innovations Awards Behavioral Health Evaluation for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). In related work, he has conducted several evaluations for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) of states’ and health plans’ efforts to coordinate and integrate physical and behavioral health care for Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illnesses (SMI).

Brown leads several projects to develop behavioral health quality measures. He recently led a project for ASPE, SAMHSA, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop measures for health plans and inpatient psychiatric facilities. This project yielded a dozen measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF). He has also provided consultation to health plans on risk-adjustment strategies used for behavioral health measures and reporting programs.

He has expertise in using Medicaid claims data to examine the quality of behavioral health care for children and adults. Brown conducted several studies for SAMHSA that used Medicaid claims data to examine the use and costs of residential and inpatient mental health services among children and youth. He has also published cross-state estimates of medication use, psychosocial care, and preventive health services among adults with SMI enrolled in Medicaid. As a co-investigator of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care, Brown has conducted work to develop strategies to improve the delivery of mental health services in primary care, including Maryland's Behavioral Health in Pediatric Primary Care Initiative. He recently completed a project sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health to develop and evaluate mental health skills training for paraprofessional nurses who work in primary care.

Brown has served on advisory and review panels for the Institute of Medicine, SAMHSA, and CMS. His work has been published in issue briefs and peer-reviewed journals, including Pediatrics, Psychiatric Services, Administration and Policy in Mental Health, and Evaluation and Program Planning. He holds a Ph.D. in health services research and a Master of health science in mental health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where he is also adjunct faculty.

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